With the sun beginning to set on the Wii U, it felt like the right time to look back and reflect on the games that have come to the console. Be it exclusive releases from Nintendo themselves, or some third-party offerings, the Wii U has a variety of different titles to cater to everyone’s tastes.
Therefore, it only seems right to take this opportunity to look at the top 10 best reviewed Wii U games of all time and check out the average scores for critics and users alike. Though these titles may not be exclusive to the Wii U, though many of them are, these are the best experiences that you can play on Nintendo’s current home console right now.
10. Super Mario Maker
Releasing last year to quite a bit of critical acclaim, Super Mario Maker gave aspiring game designers the tools to show the world just how creative, and evil, that they could be. With a wide range of different skins, Mario-related items, and options to choose from, Super Mario Maker offered limitless amounts of replayability and enjoyment.
With a current average critic score of 88 based on 85 reviews, Super Mario Maker was received particularly well among the press. Many of the positive comments focused on just how much replay value the game offered, as well as the thriving online community full of fun and challenging levels. The user score sits at a similarly high 8.8, too, showing you just how much the community is enjoying it.
9. Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 continued to bring the chaotic fun of the Mario racing series to the Wii U, while introducing a couple of new features in the form of antigravity karts and new racing circuit designs. Remaining just as fun in single player as it is in multiplayer, Mario Kart 8 is a great game to put in and play whatever the occasion.
Mario Kart 8 also currently sits at an average critic score of 88 based off of 82 reviews. Many of the positives focus on the new features, as well as it retaining the chaotic enjoyment of the series. The user score sits even higher, with a score of 9.1 based on 1487 ratings.
8. Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut is the best way to play through this sci-fi experience. The Director’s Cut includes the Missing Link DLC and combines it into the standard single player experience. In doing so, the game has a more natural flow to its story and makes the experience all the better for it. Improved textures, reworked bosses, commentary, and New Game + were also included.
With another average critic score of 88, and a user score of 8.3, Deus Ex’s venture onto the Wii U was praised for fixing a few of the big issues that were part of the original release. The use of the Wii U features was also praised for adding new, interesting mechanics into the action.
7. Skylanders Swap Force
Skylanders Swap Force has portal masters heading out on a new adventure into the mysterious Cloudbreak Islands where a magical volcano gives the heroes a special power. They are now able to swap halves of their bodies with one another or should I say, you’re able to by pulling the plastic characters apart and mixing and matching away.
With improved visuals and sound, as well as new gameplay mechanics, Skylanders Swap Force broke the mold of the series for the better. Its average review score of 89 is only based on seven reviews, however, and its user score is sitting at a rating of 6.1.
6. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
An action-platformer set in a Mexican inspired world of magical creatures, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition focuses heavily on melee combat and a dimension switching mechanic to put your platforming skills to the test. The Super Turbo Championship Edition of the game expands on the story of the original game, includes new areas, bosses, abilities, and enemies too.
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition sits at number six with an average critic score of 90 based on nine reviews. Though based on a smaller number of reviews, the consensus among these reviews still stands that this edition of the game is the definitive way to experience an already excellent action-platformer. The game also has a user score of 7.4 based on 114 ratings.
5. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is the definitive version of the game, taking the already stunning cell-shaded visuals of Link and the world around him, and remastering them to 1080p. The HD version of the game also included a couple of other new additions such as the Tingle Bottle feature and a Swift Sail that lets players travel across the seas much faster than previously.
The Wind Waker HD has an average score of 90 with much of the praise going to the beautifully polished visuals, modernized improvements, and excellent level design. The user score also sits at a 9.0 based off 929 ratings with an overwhelming majority being positive.
4. Bayonetta 2
The sequel to the cult classic action game, Bayonetta 2 released exclusively on the Wii U back in 2014. Bayonetta 2 sees the witch fighting her way down to Inferno to save Jeanne’s soul, using all of her explosive abilities to defeat every enemy she comes across on her way.
Many of the praise that the game received in order to reach its average score of 91 based on 80 reviews focuses on the high level of polish on display in every aspect of the game. The visuals are beautiful and the gameplay has been refined and improved from its predecessor. The user score matches the critic score too, with a 9.1 from 1019 ratings.
3. Rayman Legends
While it may not have been a Wii U exclusive like most of the other games on this list, Rayman Legends still succeeded in delivering some of the best platforming action available on the console. As a direct sequel to Rayman Origins, Legends received critical acclaim for its excellent visuals, genius level design, and toe-tapping soundtrack.
Legends has an average review score among critics of 90, and a user score of 8.5, with many of the reviews praising Legend’s further development of what made Origins great. If you’re after a platformer and want a change from Mario, Rayman is your guy!
2. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
There’s no better way to get a party started than hooking up a bunch of controllers and putting in Super Smash Bros. For years, the series has been one of the pillars of the party game genre and the Wii U release continued this trend. With a bigger roster than any game previously in the series, a bunch of maps and tons of replay value, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U was the next step for the series that every fan was hoping it would be.
Smash Bros. for Wii U’s average critic score is 92 based on 77 reviews, with many considering it an “expertly crafted, deep fighter” that is accessible regardless of skill level. The user score of 9.0 off 1559 ratings also gives you an idea of just how widespread the love for Smash Bros. on Wii U really is.
1. Super Mario 3D World
Crowned as king of the Wii U, Super Mario 3D World gave Nintendo fans everything that they expect from a Mario game and then some. Offering four-player co-op, a ton of different levels, collectibles to give you even more of a reason to dive back in, and a ton of visual and audio charm, Super Mario 3D World is the definitive Mario experience on Wii U.
The game’s average critic score sits at 93, just edging out Smash Bros. for the crown. Super Mario 3D World’s average user score of 9.0 based on 1446 ratings further sings its praises, with many describing it as a fresh but nostalgic experience. Better get those dungarees back on and head to the Mushroom Kingdom!